Today we’d like to introduce you to Jessica Doane.
Jessica, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
It all started back in high school with a business project we had to create. Mine was a fashion boutique for women. That was the first idea I ever had of opening up my own store. Back then it never really seemed like I could back that into my reality. Then a few years down I was taking my basic classes at college too soon transfer over to Interior design. My whole outlook on that career path had changed. I then took a semester off to figure out what I wanted to do.
During that time I was selling my used/new clothes on an App called Poshmark. It was then when I realized how much I actually enjoyed it. I opened my website to the world in 2014. I started buying items slowly due to the fact I did not have much capital. I did not have any family or friends help me financially, and to this day I still do not. Fast forward three years, the business is very successful. I do not have any employers, I do everything on my own which include: shipping, merchandising, marketing, running the website and plenty more. I have my close friends and local upcoming models model for me. We are always looking for new faces. We ship to many locals, nationally, and internationally. This is why you will see we have mixed seasonal items in our inventory. I have been searching for a retail space to open up a storefront. It has to be in a great location. This would be beneficial for our current customers and new.
Has it been a smooth road?
Working by myself financially can be a small hiccup. I currently do not want to take out any loans so it can limit me to what I can spend on inventory and marketing. Other than that opening has been my best decision yet. I am my own boss, can’t complain about that.:)
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Voltage Boutique story. Tell us more about the business.
I am you’re got to gal! I do the shipping, buying inventory, replying to customers, building the website and more. What I specialize in would be picking out the inventory and customer service. I always receive compliments on both. I have always had an eye for fashion and how to style it. Since my company is not a big corporation I can handle the emails and questions I receive back very promptly which many of my customers like. I am so proud out how big my boutique has grown in such a short amount of time.
What sets me apart from other boutiques is including different styles. I myself do not just have one style. One day I may want to be a little edgy the other more chic. I feel like many people have that same mentality now as well. Of course, there is forever 21 as well where they sell it all. That is why I choose very wisely on my products. I make sure it’s not something they may be carrying at the moment. Taking the time to search for the high quality for the lowest prices, is what I to contribute to my store as well
Where do you see your industry going over the next 5-10 years? Any big shifts, changes, trends, etc?
Over the next 5-10 years, I would hope Voltage Boutique will be Internationally known. It will be everyone favorite go-to. I also see more than one store opening and becoming a chain. It may be sooner than 5 years but I would like to add a men’s collection and Items with our brand name on it as well
- Our price range is typically $15-$50
- Website: voltageboutique.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: shopvoltage
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/voltageboutique
- Twitter: shopvoltage
- Other: Snap Chat: shopvoltage